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The Black Headed Sumerians (Sag-Gig-Ga)


The founders of the first Mesopotamian civilization were Black Sumerians.  Mesopotamia was the Biblical land of Shinar (Sumer).  The Sumerians left no doubt to how they viewed themselves racially.  The Sumerians called themselves sag-gig-ga, the Black headed people.  Sumer was at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe.  While Sumer was not a homogenous society, the Blackheads of Sumer were politically and socially dominant.  (Introduction to the Study of African Classical Civilizations by Runoko Rashidi, London: Karnak House, 1992, pg. 69)

 Sumer was the earliest ancient civilization of west Asia. Sumer was the foundation of the later civilizations of Babylonia and Chaldea.  The Sumerian civilization, which ruled the southern portion of the fertile Tigris/Euphrates River Valley, sprang up around 3000 B.C. and lasted until about 1750 B.C.

 The Sumerians are often describes as “non-Semitic”, “pre-Semitic”, or “non-Indo-European.”  But what does that really mean?  These are attempts to veil the fact that the Sumerians were black people.  Historians are willing to use any ambiguous terms they can to cloud the true racial origins of the Sumerians. 

 John Baldwin wrote: “The early colonists of Babylonia were of the same race as the inhabitants of the Upper Nile.” (PreHistoric Nations by John D. Baldwin, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1869, pg. 192)

 H.G. Wells said that the “Sumerians appear to have been a brownish people with prominent noses.” (A Short History of the World by H.G. Wells, New York: MacMillan, 1922, pg. 75) Sir Arthur Keith said that the Sumerians were dolichocephalic. (Mohenjo-Daro and the Indus Civilization: Being an Official Account of Archeological Excavations at Mohenjo-Daro Carried out by the Government of India Between the Years 1922 and 1927 by John W. Marshall, New Delhi: Asian Educational Services, 1996, pg. 109)  Dolichocephalism is a skull characteristic predominately found in blacks. (The African Origin of Civilization by Cheikh Anta Diop, Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 1974, pg. 261)

Based on the statuaries and steles of Babylonia, the Sumerians were “of dark complexion (chocolate colour), short stature, but of sturdy frame, oval face, stout nose, straight hair, full head; they typically resembled the Dravidians, not only in cranium, but almost in all the details.” (A Study in Hindu Social Polity by Chandra Chakaberty, Delhi: Mittal Publications, 1987, pg. 33)

Rudolph Windsor emphatically stated: “There is definitely a blood relationship between the Dravidian tribes of India and the Ethiopian Sumerians.” (From Babylon to Timbuktu by Rudolph R. Windsor. Atlanta: Windsor’s Golden Series, 2203, pg. 17)

There were so many black people in ancient Asia that Herbert Wendt wrote: “All indications point to the fact that Asia was the cradle of the black race.” (It Began in Babel by Herbert Wendt. New York: Delta Dell Publishing Company, 1964, pg. 368.)

The Black people of Egypt certainly influenced the Sumerians.  The seeds of civilization in Sumeria passed through Egypt.  Albert Churchward said that the Sumerians, Chaldeans and Babylonians obtained all their laws and learning from the Egyptians. (Signs & Symbols of Primordial Man by Albert Churchward, Brooklyn:A&B Books Publishers, 1993, pg. 209) Therefore, we can trace the roots of the Sumerian society back to Africa and black people.

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  1. BigApplz
    August 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm | #1

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    • February 5, 2013 at 6:18 am | #2

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  2. BigApplz
    September 2, 2012 at 2:24 am | #3

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  3. May 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm | #4

    From what I have read of the information on the clay tablets that provide most knowledge of the inhabitants of Sumer and the first city states such as Ur and Erech they referred to themselves as “black-heads”. This suggests that they were a dark skinned people and I have been looking for additional information that would support this hypothesis. However, if we adopt a scientific and objective approach it is impossible to ignore the fact that the term “black-headed” refers specifically to the head alone and not to the whole body. Thus, if this were the only evidence the most likely interpretation would be that they had black hair and that the term is used in the same way as we might refer to someone as “fair-headed”. There is also cause to challenge the following text “The seeds of civilization in Sumeria passed through Egypt. Albert Churchward said that the Sumerians, Chaldeans and Babylonians obtained all their laws and learning from the Egyptians.” This is definitely incorrect since the thousands of clay tablets left by the original inhabitants of the cities of Ur, Erech, etc. indicate that they were the first people on the planet to develop a written language. Not only did this precede the earliest writing of the Egyptians but the writing and the language is unique to these people so that it is completely wrong to suggest that the seeds of civilization passed through Egypt – or anywhere else for that matter (although it has been suggested that there is some slight similarity with the Finnish and Hungarian languages). The unique civilisation of Sumer lasted for approximately 2000 years from at least 3000 BC until 1750 BC with what appears to have been a gradual infiltration of people speaking a semitic language – initially described by the Sumerians as barbarians who lived in tents and did not bury their dead, did not have horses, and recived the gift of cattle from the Sumerians. The written form of the semitic language is developed from the written language of the Sumerians rather than vice-versa and the semitic Akkadian and Babylonian civilisations that succeeded the Sumerian civilisation had their foundations in the civilisation of the city states of Sumer. I think that the origin of the Sumerians is still a fascinating mystery. It is remarkable that there was no knowledge of this civilisation until about 100 years ago when people began to unearth those clay tablets in Iraq. Many more of these remain to be unearthed and translated so doubtless there will be further interesting revelations.

  4. Jane
    June 30, 2013 at 7:58 pm | #5

    Thanks for this article my theology professor either could not or would not answer my question when we were reading Enuma Elish and other ancient near east stories

    • November 22, 2013 at 10:33 am | #6

      Thanks for your comment. I hope we can learn more about the original Sumerians. They appear to have been the first to develop a written language and among the first to build cities, yet we know nothing about where they came from. I think that we need to keep an open mind and avoid getting into arguments about whether they were black or white. In this context I think that skin colour is only interesting is so far as it tells us something about the kind of climatic conditions that influenced the evolution of people living in different parts of the world. Darker pigmentation would be expected for people living in a sunnier climate closer to the equator but the original Sumerians may have migrated from the North – something that is weakly suggested by the fact that the only languages with any apparent similarity to theirs are Finnish and Hungarian. Migration from the North down the great Euphrates and Tigris rivers would also be consistent with the fact that they differed from the peoples who inhabited regions to the East and West of these rivers.

  5. ray mason
    July 31, 2013 at 3:15 am | #7

    Is there any relationship to the lately discovered DNA info and the biblical lineage of Noah’s three sons. Is the Hamitic Myth and Curse of Canaan in any way based on scientific knowledge?

  6. October 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm | #8

    This attests to the fact that Hebrews were and still are a black race their progenitor ABRAHAM was a sumerian

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